6 most disappointing Vikings draft picks of the Mike Zimmer era

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2. Trae Waynes – CB

Drafted: First Round (2015)

With the Vikings using the No. 11 pick to draft him in 2015, Trae Waynes is the second-highest draft selection made by the team during Mike Zimmer’s head coaching tenure.

The guy who Minnesota spent their highest draft pick on during the Zimmer era, Anthony Barr, has had a solid career with the franchise that has seen him earn four trips to the Pro Bowl. As for Waynes, he was never voted to the Pro Bowl during his entire tenure with the Vikings.

It’s not that Waynes was a terrible player during his time in Minnesota, he just didn’t live up to the expectations that came with being the 11th player drafted in 2015. This is why he was a disappointing selection.

Corners who were drafted after Waynes in 2015 like Marcus Peters and Byron Jones have both managed to earn at least one Pro Bowl selection in their NFL careers. So it’s not like the Vikings didn’t have other cornerbacks to choose from in the first round that year.

They clearly just went with the wrong one. Luckily for Minnesota, they made up for this during the rest of the 2015 draft when they were able to land Eric Kendricks, Danielle Hunter, and Stefon Diggs.